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Album : Ian Hunter – You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic

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Drum beat , 1 2 3 4, piano then Ian Hunter’s familiar vocals and you know you’re in good hands and are in rock n roll land. If you are a fan of Mott The Hoople then this album will be easy. If you’re a fan of rock n roll it should also be easy. The opening cut (Just Another Night) is just a very good rock song. Loose good time feel. This is just a continuation of the “All The Way From Memphis'” vibe.

I was getting so many good albums when this was released. I bought this record along with’Squeezing Out Sparks’ by Graham Parker on the same day. This album rocks and Ian gets some help from a few of the E Streeters (who were helping a few people in the day).  Max Weinberg gets a workout on this. He and Gary Tallent  lay down the foundation. Plus Mick Ronson is along to add his touches on guitar and producing.

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The record is full of good cuts. ‘Wild East’ keeps it going after the first cut. A driving rock beat with piano and Ian’s vocals and then some of that sax I like. The first time I heard ‘Cleveland Rocks’ was when I put the needle down on this record. Max Weinberg pounds the speakers off the floor. If you’re a rocker how could you resist. Ronson and Max kill it on this one. “He’s a rocker and I am too” Ray Davies could have written this one. But he didn’t, Ian did. ‘Standing In My Light’, ‘Bastard’, ‘When The Daylight Comes’, Wild East’ and the rest make up one very good album.

Hunter is a rocker to the core who knows what he wants. He combines all the elements that go into that and lets it out in his distinct sound. Drums, guitars, organ, piano and some great rock n roll attitude by Ian. It always feels like he’s ready to bust out and let loose even on the more subdued numbers.

Hunter has always flown under the radar, don’t ask me why. CB thinks more people should know about him. I guess it’s like one of the titles off the record. He’s ‘The Outsider’. Schizophrenic’ was a great addition to my stack. Ian Hunter has recorded lots of really good music with Mott and solo. This is some of it. Check it out.

 

52 comments on “Album : Ian Hunter – You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic

  1. Aphoristical
    March 22, 2020

    Never heard this but it sounds cool with Tallent and Ronson playing together.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 22, 2020

      Obviously I like it. A good album that I listen to a lot. Ronson and Hunter were pretty good friends. Max and Roy also helped out.

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  2. The Grand
    March 22, 2020

    I love his solo stuff – good call on this. Who would have thought he’d still be putting out such good music at this late date? He deserves more attention, but I’m just glad he keeps making records. “When I’m President” from 2012 is probably my favorite.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 22, 2020

      Never heard it, f course I had to go and listen to it. Some guys just keep getting better, no surprise Ian is one of them. Fantastic. Thanks Grand.

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      • The Grand
        March 22, 2020

        CB, just to be clear, I was recommending the whole album called ‘When I’m President’. Maybe I misunderstood your reference to a ‘cut’? Check out “Just The Way You Look Tonight” from that album. From his newer albums, I’d also recommend ‘Man Overboard’ and ‘Shrunken Heads’. I just finished listening to the whole “You’re Never Alone…” album. Some great tracks – “Bastard” was one that snuck up on me as a good one. I love the first two tracks also. Thanks!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 22, 2020

        I’m going to dive into that whole album. In fact I’m going to live with Ian for a while. ‘Standing In My Light’is another solid track off the album. Thanks for all that Hunter intel.
        I had a friend who stood on a bar table one time who screamed out. “I am the president”. He got bounced real quick.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 22, 2020

        Just listened to that other cut off ‘President you recommended.. The reason I still get jacked about music is hearing stuff like that from people I’ve dug. Creativity is not dead. Now if only I could catch some of it.

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  3. Heavy Metal Overload
    March 22, 2020

    Had this in my collection for a long time! It is very easy to like. Definitely one of his best.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 22, 2020

      I really got into the Hunter/Ronson era. Thanks for popping in for a chat.

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      • Heavy Metal Overload
        March 22, 2020

        This and his solo debut are faves of mine. And I really love the Welcome To The Club album. Got that one?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 22, 2020

        HMO. He has so much good stuff and yeah the debut is real good (just listened to it today).
        And yes I do have the ‘The Club’ album. And it is really good like you know. There was a live video of that show that I seen way back. Like I said I was really into him back then.

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      • Heavy Metal Overload
        March 22, 2020

        Didn’t know there was a video, I’ll need to hunt that down!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 22, 2020

        If you find it, let me know. It really captures that time. I’m pretty sure there was one HMO. My head is crammed with quite a bit of shit. I need to do some kind of brain clean.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 23, 2020

        Listening to ‘Club’ and it really is a good album.

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  4. hanspostcard
    March 22, 2020

    Love this album. I was in high school when it came out and saw a review in Rolling Stone of this album and Steve Forbert’s – Alive On Arrival- and went out and bought both and they have been two of my favorites over the past 4 decades. Ian still going strong in his 80’s.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 22, 2020

      Now those are two albums high in my pile. Love those music memories. To bad I couldn’t apply that brain power to school.

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  5. deKE
    March 22, 2020

    I remember reading about this album back in Creem Magazine. I always liked the cover and title.
    Ronson was a pretty huge influence on many Including Bob Rock as Ronson produced his old band The Payolas.
    Great stuff CB!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 22, 2020

      Being on the West Coast and hooked in with certain music, I remember that Ronson/Payolas connection. Good one deKe.
      Just seen a news clip of Paul Hyde. He is a very creative artist. The music gig scared the shit out of him. Huge stage fright.

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  6. 1dancequeendq
    March 22, 2020

    What a great title made me chuckle.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 22, 2020

      I’ve used that title in conversation a few times. Wish I could take credit. Like everything, we need a good chuckle just to balance the other stuff out.

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  7. Yeah, Another Blogger
    March 22, 2020

    I own this, but haven’t heard it in 500,000 years. I’d forgotten that E Street guys are on it.

    Ian is at least 80 years old. And he still yours now and then.

    Hi CB. Bye till next time.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 22, 2020

      There’s a movie about you, ‘The 500,000 Year Oldman’. Those E Street guys got around back then. I have a few albums they freelanced on.
      The Grand just told me about a newer cut ‘When I’m President’ Really worth a listen Neil. There’s a live studio version. Fantastic.
      Went for a stroll yesterday. Beautiful. Spring has sprung. Pretty sparse out there but I guess folks are doing their part. Later fella.

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  8. christiansmusicmusings
    March 22, 2020

    Count me among the “ignorant ones” who had not heard of Ian Hunter’s music before. But with that opener, it’s not hard to get my attention right way.

    This sounds fantastic! As you noted, it’s great rock & roll! After sampling the first four tunes, I’m looking forward to hearing the remainder of the album – thanks for highlighting it!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 22, 2020

      Christian, all these albums that i post about, really are ones that I have liked for a long time. I guess the word is “Timeless”
      The Grand just pointed me to a later recording ‘When I’m President’ I’d never heard it before but the cuts I just listened to are great. Hunter is one of the best. Glad you like it. Ian thanks you.

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  9. hotfox63
    March 23, 2020

    This is perfect introduction to Ian Hunter. In this album he showed rock and roll prowess. Hunter could rock with the best of them, or slow things down and pour out an achingly tender ballad. I wouldn’t call him an outstanding singer but the songs suited his style.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 23, 2020

      You’re right about being a good intro to his music plus could take them to Mott. Like a lot of singers his vocals are perfect for his style of music. I think sometime his songwriting also gets over looked. Hey, I really like the whole package Fox.

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      • hotfox63
        March 23, 2020

        Sure, I like the whole package too – When he came out a few years ago with his “When I’m President”, the album ran in an endless loop. It has class, skill and talent. I vote for The Hunter!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 23, 2020

        I’m just discovering that album now Fox. What I’ve heard is fantastic.
        I was listening one of his old cuts yesterday. ‘God Part 1’. It reminded me of the good tunes he can write.

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      • The Grand
        March 24, 2020

        That’s a huge point about the songwriting – Hunter is good at it, and has gotten even better with time. His music is less Hoople-ish now than it was at the time of “You’re Never Alone…” – he doesn’t often rock that hard any more, but his other talents are more upfront. The songwriting lifts his newer stuff quite a lot, I think. All of it is a great listen.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 24, 2020

        I working my through his stuff and anticipating those albums you pointed out and other later recordings. The two newer cuts kinda prove that songwriting ability. These guys are just talented. Period.

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  10. Vinyl Connection
    March 24, 2020

    Reading all this makes me want to check out solo Hunter some more. Guess I stopped at the wonderful “Once bitten”. Thanks, CB!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 24, 2020

      The response has pointed me to a few newer one. ‘Man Overboard, ‘Shrunken Heads, ‘Rant’ and ‘When I’m President’. I’m going to listen to the wonderful ‘Once Bitten’ in the next couple days. Thank you.

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  11. 1537
    March 26, 2020

    Nice one CB. I love this man unreservedly, you can’t go wrong with Hunter/Ronson. You ever catch Hunter live? I did a few years ago and he was still absolutely brilliant, really charismatic guy.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 26, 2020

      I know you do. I think I’m bent that way too. A music regret is not seeing him. That could be rectified. This Rant band is pretty solid.
      “He was a rocker and I am too” I love that line about his grand dad.
      I’ll pop over in the next while and see what you’re up to.

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      • 1537
        March 26, 2020

        I’m up to very little, can’t really concentrate enough to write much.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 26, 2020

        I hear ya. Dont force it. It will be there when you feel it. Thanks for dropping by. Take care of business.

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      • 1537
        March 28, 2020

        And you CB. These are odd times, plenty of weird scenes in the goldmine.

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  12. Jim S.
    March 27, 2020

    I’m way late to this party. i know this album or at least some of the cuts from it. Really good stuff. I dipped in and played a few but I’ll spin it more tomorrow. This is “driving-down-the-road” album and I can’t go anywhere so I’ll give it that full treatment sooner rather than later.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 27, 2020

      I remember talking about this on your Mott take. You cant expect to catch everything but this is a pretty good spin. Hunter has his own sound and when he rocks he sounds good to me. Him and Ronson were joined at the hip.

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      • Jim S.
        March 27, 2020

        Plenty of music listening time lately. Pretty much trapped at home.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 27, 2020

        Just the opening of Cleveland Rocks should be enough for any rock n roll lover. He doesnt waste anytime getting down to business. The drums are killer. The song is killer.

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      • Jim S.
        March 27, 2020

        Ian had some genuine affection for the city which doesn’t always get a lot of love. A band called The Presidents of the United States of America covered it as an intro to Drew Carey’s sitcom.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 27, 2020

        My guys loved that show. They would always sing Mimi’s song to me “I’m doing nothing, I’m doing nothing”. I know that Joe Walsh used to make an appearance from time to time. You gotta like that. Plus that explains why they liked The Presidents.
        And that is cool that Hunter would throw love to a town like that. Probably cause it does rock.

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      • Jim S.
        March 27, 2020

        CB may recall that Sonny Boy and I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum several years back. Well worth a visit. But I believe that when the smoke clears, CB owes himself a visit to the Big Apple first.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 27, 2020

        Big Apple first. Hall Of Fame …ah.. I dont know. In my Ian Hunter journey I found out he isnt in there but that rocker Janet Jackson is. Hmm. Maybe you and SB went to the right one.

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      • Jim S.
        March 27, 2020

        Yeah, well don’t forget, there’s really two pieces -the Hall of Fame and the Museum. We all have our problems with the Hall. But you could get lost for hours in the museum just looking at cool stuff and listening to good music. It really pulls it together in a nice way. Then you could go out the door and yell “Cleveland Rocks!”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 27, 2020

        OK. If you and SB put a band together, I’ll belt out ‘Cleveland Rocks’. Maybe we could have a triple guitar attack with Joe Walsh in the band. We’ll put out a guitar case and collect some dough and then pay off the right people to get Mott in the hall.
        (I’m sure I would find a lot of it to my close-minded liking).

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      • Jim S.
        March 27, 2020

        Done deal on the band. Practice your tambourine. The Museum will keep you busy with deep folk, blues and other tracks at listening stations. When you’re done there you can wander through at your leisure. There’s a whole floor dedicated to Dan Hill.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 27, 2020

        I’m on the search for a DH t-shirt for you.

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      • Jim S.
        March 27, 2020

        If you saw me on stage, I’m afraid it’ll have to be Extra Large

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  13. BuriedOnMars
    April 20, 2020

    I really had no idea how popular Mott and Ian Hunter are until recently. I’ll have to give this all a deeper dive at some point.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 20, 2020

      Mars, I dont think Hunter or Mott were hugely popular but they did have a big hardcore following because they are so good.
      This album might be a good place for you to start.

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